The Chair of ICD, Kor Visscher, and Managing Director of Kwant Controls, Pierre Verwegen, signed the partnership agreement on Friday November 18, 2016, in the presence of the mayor of Smallingerland, Tjeerd van Bekkum, and the deputy mayor of Sûdwest Fryslân, Maarten Offinga. Verwegen is glad and enthusiastic. “We are now part of a group of high-tech companies in the Northern Netherlands that work together on finding solutions for the challenges of the future.”
According to the Chair of ICD Kor Visscher, Kwant Control is a great addition to the cluster of companies. Visscher: “We face the same challenges as Kwant Controls. It is great to welcome a partner that is enthusiastic and willing to share experience and knowledge to strengthen our cluster.”
Kwant Controls is a private maritime supplier of nautical control units and navigation systems. With about 60 employees, Kwant Control develops, assembles and delivers several thousands of control levers every year. With about 40 percent of the seagoing vessels using instruments supplied by Kwant, the company considers itself market leader in its niche. Verwegen: “As supplier of, amongst other things, telegraph equipment, we remained loyal to our market, our product range and our Frisian roots from the foundation of our company in 1937.'' More than 90 percent of Kwant’s sales are realized abroad and the company sells directly to ship owners, shipyards and shipping companies.
Over the past decade, Kwant extended its product assortment with advanced and smart navigation systems for seagoing vessels. In 2016, the company received the prestigious Innovation and Technology Award from Rolls Royce Marine.